Mira Gáberová, If

Mira Gáberová works with different media (painting, drawing, photography, installation), but the key of her work is the videoart with typical melancholic, dreamy atmosphere and personal poetics. In her videos she works with pathos and nostalgia, in her early works especially with female motifs and applicated clichés associated with them...

No.: F-36

Artist: Mira Gáberová
Title: If
Year of origin: 2004
Technique: video
Material: DVD
Dimensions: 3 parts, 1 min. each

signature: unsigned

Mira Gáberová works with different media (painting, drawing, photography, installation), but the key of her work is the videoart with typical melancholic, dreamy  atmosphere and personal poetics. In her videos she works with pathos and nostalgia, in her early works especially with female motifs and applicated clichés associated with them. Recently she has been devoted to the technical possibilities of video (composition, cutting). She has been reflecting life and death, gender issues, different states of mind and emotions.

Video ´If´ is composed of three static and uncut shots, each of 1 min length. In the first shot we can see an LCD screen depicting the sky full of stars, in the second one there is a hand and the third one shows a human back. Author´s hand is interferring into each shot and is trying to touch the image on the LCD screen leaving marks recalling scars there.

The word ´If´ is usually used for expressing a wish. The author points out in her video the semantic level of this word which represents a certain unfeasibility, a mixture of desire and regretting the impossible fullfilment. The hand is willing to touch the stars, is longing for human touch. But this is not possible, because it is only a virtual image, abstractly speaking, a memory or a pure vision. It results into a gap between the wish and its fullfilment.

MIRA GÁBEROVÁ was born in 1979 in Lučenec. In 2000-2006 she studied at the Department of painting and other media at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava (studio +-XXI, prof. Daniel Fischer) where she has been working as an intern postgraduate since 2008 (doc. Anna Daučíková). In 2006 she was the Ego Art Prize finalist, in 2007 she was awarded Essl Special Prize, in 2011 she was again the Essl Award finalist. She lives and works in Bratislava.


This acquisition has been supported using public funds provided by the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic.